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Would you like to take an individual journey through our company? Then the ZF Global Trainee Program is just right for you!

Ready for ZF?

The ZF Global Trainee Program offers a variety of development opportunities through exciting local and international projects. The 15-month program begins each year in July or October and will allow you to gain invaluable experience with the world’s leading technology group.
With your application, you will be selected for a target area that will be your focus for the duration of the program. Together with your target department, you will decide which individual projects suit you best in order to prepare you for the defined target position.
Through continuous mentoring, your individual needs are considered so that you can develop, reflect on your learning, and gain confidence in your selected career path.
The ZF Global Trainee Program consists of several elements that effectively target your personality and skill development. This will be accomplished through:
  • A joint team project where you will master challenging tasks with other trainees and present your results to the ZF Board of Management.
  • A project abroad where you’ll increase your intercultural skills and gain international experience.
  • An assignment on a production line where you’ll think outside of the box, and various training will expand your knowledge.
Individual elements and mentoring will move you forward in a targeted manner and lay the foundation for long-term success at ZF – no matter what career path you later choose: as a team leader, technical expert, or project manager.

Programm Structure

* Options for three individual projects according to personal needs and in coordination with the supervisor. Topics can be related to the target function or according to your interests.

** Program starts either in July or October. The order of program elements varies when starting in October.

What we Offer

Shaping innovation

Get a head start in an innovative company, immerse yourself in the world of technological trends and actively help shape ZF's Next Generation Mobility.

Global ZF community

Network with our trainee community around the world. This will help you support each other in completing your tasks and strengthen your intercultural skills through a project abroad.

Aim high

Quickly take on responsibility for challenging tasks in exciting projects and use the opportunity to develop yourself further.

Experience ZF culture

Learn how the different divisions interact globally, get an overview of the versatility, and experience the unique culture at ZF.

tranZForm yourself

Constantly drive your personal development by learning new skills through various seminars and workshops.

Think “outside the box"

Learn new skills through a variety of assignments and continuing education that allow you to think freely.

Your Qualifications


You have successfully completed your studies (Master's degree, or an above average Bachelor's degree), in a subject relevant to the job description.

Experience abroad

You have at least three months’ relevant experience in an internship or semester abroad as part of your studies. Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, this is not a mandatory requirement for the 2022 program if you are a non-European applicant.

Language skills

You are business-fluent in English. In addition, a good knowledge of German is desirable and other languages are an advantage.

Personal competencies

You are a highly-motivated individual with excellent communication skills. You have a willingness to learn, are creative and open to other cultures. You have a hands-on mentality while at the same time being a conceptual thinker. You thrive both as part of a team and as an independent worker with a high level of initiative.

Social responsibility

You’re currently, or have previously been, involved in voluntary work, charitable work, or supporting of social projects.


As a globally active technology group, our passion is developing innovative mobility solutions. As a pioneering spirit, you too are always open to change and want to actively help shape a sustainable and secure future. You are driven to do so by your keen interest in mobility.

Application Process

Becoming a ZF Trainee

Becoming a ZF Trainee

We recruit internationally at different locations. The application period varies depending on the region. Apply online only - applications for multiple positions are also possible. After receiving your application, we will check your documents. If you convince us with your qualifications and your personality, you will be invited to a video interview. In the final step, you will come to an assessment center in the relevant region.

ZF Trainee Blog

In the ZF trainee blog, current and former trainees share their professional and personal experiences during the program. Follow to enjoy looking behind the scenes, reading inspiring stories and feeling the spirit that makes this 15-month program unique.

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Anja Jakob

ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Corporate HR

88038 Friedrichshafen


+49 (0)7541 77 5032